Flipkart is selling the OnePlus 3 smartphone as part of its Big Shopping Days sale for Rs. 18,999, against its official price of Rs. 27,999. The huge discount of Rs. 9,000 comes amid confusion over the sale of the Amazon-exclusive OnePlus 3 on Flipkart, which has even taken OnePlus Co-Founder Carl Pei by surprise. The OnePlus 3 sale on Flipkart will commence at 4pm on December 18.
However, before you get excited about this price drop, you should be aware of all the facts.
Since Pei's tweet to Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal regarding the sale of OnePlus 3, neither Flipkart nor Bansal have provided a clear reply. When asked for a comment on the matter, Flipkart told Gadgets 360 that "Flipkart is a marketplace which helps sellers connect with customers across the country. All our sellers are mandated to adhere to stringent guidelines. The prices and discounts for all our sales are decided by the participating sellers and brands."
Flipkart's rather vague statement did not clarify whether the OnePlus 3 smartphones being sold on its site are genuine or not. From the looks of it, the limited number of OnePlus 3 smartphones will be sold on Flipkart from third-party sellers, but without an official warranty, though it's hard to be certain.
OnePlus has cautioned interested buyers against the sale saying, "We have an exclusive partnership with Amazon in India. We advice customers to purchase OnePlus products only through official channels as we cannot guarantee the authenticity of the products sold elsewhere."
The OnePlus 3 was launched in June and we found very little fault with the flagship. However, the OnePlus 3 had a very short lived stint in the limelight, having to make way for the OnePlus 3T just a few months later. In our review, we found that the OnePlus 3T has managed to improved on what was already a very good phone.
For those who were waiting eagerly for a OnePlus 3 price drop, the discount on Flipkart cannot get any better. However, you should make sure you're buying the real deal along with warranty. Flipkart's upcoming Big Shopping Days sale kicks off from Sunday.